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Karen Harrison Dening

Head of Research and Publications, Dementia UK

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What would Tom Kitwood have thought?

The late Tom Kitwood, building on the work of Carl Rogers, developed the concept of person-centred care for people with dementia (Kitwood, 1997). Proposed first in the late 1980s at the University of...

Community support for families affected by dementia

David was 70 years of age when he first started to notice problems with his memory. Initially, this was just forgetting appointments, and occasionally struggling to find the right words, but over time...

Dementia and communication

Dementia, what ever the subtype, is caused by underlying disease processes and damage to the nerve cells in the brain. This damage impairs our executive function - the processes in our brains which...

Caring for a person living with dementia: identifying and assessing a carer's needs

Lewis and colleagues (2014) estimated that there are in excess of 700 000 unpaid carers supporting people living with dementia. They went on to suggest that if the ratio of unpaid carers to people...

Modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for dementia: what primary care nurses need to know

While there is yet to be a cure for dementia, we know more about its causes and some of the life course factors that may increase a person's risk of developing the condition later in life. The risks...

Dementia: recognition and cognitive testing in community and primary care settings

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE, 2018) guideline, amongst many other things, recommends people thought to have dementia receive timely access to an assessment with the...

Recognition and assessment of dementia in primary care

Dementia is an umbrella term that is used to describe a group of symptoms that are characterised by behavioural changes and loss of cognitive and social functioning. It is caused by progressive...

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